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Statement from CIA Public Affairs

August 20, 1999

The Director of Central Intelligence, George J. Tenet, after a thorough review of a CIA Inspector General's report on alleged improper handling of classified material by former DCI John M. Deutch, has decided to suspend Dr. Deutch's security clearances for an indefinite period of time. While the IG report found no evidence that national security information was lost, the potential for damage to US security existed as a result of the actions described in the report.

In April 1999, the Department of Justice declined prosecution in the matter, but recommended that the CIA review Dr. Deutch's continued suitability to hold high level security clearances. After concluding that review, Director Tenet decided to suspend Dr. Deutch's clearances. He made this decision upon consideration of the nature of the security violations involved and Dr. Deutch's responsibility, as leader of the Intelligence Community, to set the highest standards in the protection of classified information.

Director Tenet regrets that it was necessary for him to take this action, particularly in light of Dr. Deutch's distinguished record of public service.

Because this issue involves sensitive security matters and in light of legal requirements to protect the privacy of individuals in administrative matters, we are unable to discuss the matter in any greater detail.

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